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[texts]Storytelling, an act of liberation : children's (and teenager) books as means of liberation, support or suppression : analyzing books from German speaking countries (Switzerland, Austria, Germany) from before 1900 and after 1968 - Lowe, Brigitte, 1938-
Although there are a number of valuable books on the general topic of children’s literature, either in German-speaking countries or in the United States, there is no book which analyzes this literature from the view point of liberation, support, and suppression. As a former teacher of literature and religious education I have a special interest in language and questions of theology. Language can be a means of support when it is used for claiming justice, but at the same time it can hush up fac...
Keywords: Storytelling
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[texts]Narrative theology and narrative counseling : implications for pastoral care - Eoyang, Thomas.
This essay is an exploration of narrative theology as a theological development of the twentieth century, and it suggests connections to and implications for pastoral ministry in the specific area of pastoral counseling. -- Abstract
Keywords: Narrative theology
Downloads: 278
[texts]Interpreting Perpetua and her dreams - Mitchell, Jerrold I. W.
This thesis … will examine the challenges of the Perpetua text itself; … consider the importance of dreams and dream theories in the ancient world; explore the modern interpretations of Perpetua’s dreams; … present the author’s alternate interpretation, focusing on the use of women’s dreams as a means of empowerment … will explore how the lessons how the lessons learned from the study of Perpetua’s dreams have impacted my ministry as a trustee and fund manager...
Keywords: Perpetua, Saint, d. 203
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[texts]A study of the effect of anti-racism education on the attitudes and behaviors of suburban Christians - Flett, Carol M.
My hope is that an anti-racism education program offered to Christians in a predominantly white suburban community will motivate them to truly follow the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who created an inclusive community of faithful people, regardless of their race, social or religious staus, or gender. “There is no longer Jew or Greek, thee is nom longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) What follows is the result of a ...
Keywords: Race relations--Religious aspects--Christianity
Downloads: 132
[texts]Feminist liberation : a call to revolution - Brebner, Linda Benson
The goals of the thesis: To identify the ways in which Liberal Feminism points or fails to point the way to Feminist Liberation. -- To discover what personally, institutionally, societally, and intellectually blocks and facilitates white, middle-strata feminist Presbyterian clergywomen in moving more consistently toward Feminist Liberation. -- To uncover the limitations and risks of feminist Presbyterian clergywomen continuing to affirm and use a Liberal Feminist analysis as a foundation base fo...
Keywords: Presbyterian Church--Clergy
Downloads: 178
[texts]Two men, two movements and our call to seek justice: Bayard Rustin, Troy Perry and the civil rights and gay rights movements - Dubose, Renee
The impetus for this thesis was the 2004 grassroots effort to defeat Amendment 1 in my home state of Georgia. During that experience I witnessed some of the unfinished racial and relational work that exists between members of the African American and GLBT communities as well as the tension of those who identify as both African American and GLBT. This paper offers insights regarding some of the similarities and differences of the Civil Rights and Gay Rights Movements in order to continue the dial...
Keywords: Perry, Troy D
Downloads: 89
[texts]Finding somewhere else to go : The effect of the conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention on ministers who would not conform to the new leadership and theology - Savage-King, Cynthia Dawne
In 1979 conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) staged a successful coup and gained total control of the denomination. Ministers who were not “loyal to the party in power” either left the new, conservative SBC or were chased away. This thesis uses interviews with W. Randall Lolley, Ginger Barfield, Anna Anderson, Molly Marshall, and Mona West to describe their journeys into and out of the Southern Baptist Convention...
Keywords: :Southern Baptist Convention--History--20th century; Southern Baptist Convention--Controversial literature; Baptists--History--20th century; Baptists--Controversial literature
Downloads: 231
[texts]Nepantla as indigenous middle space : Developing biblical reading strategies for queer Latina/os - Diaz, Michael A.
Biblical reading strategies are continually emerging for oppressed peoples, including Latina/os and LGBT folk. The indigenous principle of nepantla (middle space) serves as a distinct and profitable hermeneutic in defining the unique queer Latina/o experience and opens the door to beneficial biblical reading strategies. When using queer experiences of indigenous Mesoamerica to inform and expand cultural memory, queer Latina/os are able to develop biblical reading strategies that affirm rather th...
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church; Bible--Hermeneutics; Hispanic American theology; Hispanic American gays; Hispanic American Protestants
Downloads: 99
[texts]Las posadas: Hispanic ministry and the Episcopal Church in the diocese of Massachusetts - Dickson, Priscilla Nye.
This project thesis will present: first, some understanding of the social location and spirituality of Hispanics and the Episcopal Church, a description of what happened in meetings, and third, the theological foundation for the work. Finally I present a model which will hopefully be useful for others who are working to help groups of people of different backgrounds to understand each other and work together...
Keywords: Church work with Hispanic Americans--Episcopal Church
Downloads: 66
[texts]Walking with storms: lesbians in AIDS work - Walters, Jennifer L.
Among those who work with AIDS organizations, lesbians occupy the margins. In the gay community, communites of color and in the health care industry, the contributions of lesbians to the work against AIDS goes unacknowledged ... This is my attempt to learn from and give voice to lesbians of every race, ethnicity and religious heritage who have chosen to walk with this storm. - Abstract.
Keywords: AIDS (Disease) -- Religious aspects
Downloads: 252
[texts]Re-mapping the margins : theological reflections on Chinese American experiences in the Episcopal Church - Eoyang, Thomas.
"This thesis gathers the experiences of a small number of Chinese Americans who, like myself, came to be members of Episcopal congregations that were largely non- Chinese. It makes no claim to be a comprehensive or authoritative “study” of all Chinese Americans in the Episcopal Church. I call the six people who shared their voices Dialog Partners rather than “research subjects.” The Dialog Partners’ voices and my own are put in conversation with literature selected from Asian American ...
Keywords: Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries; Asian-American Protestants--Religious life--United States; Chinese Americans--Religious life; Multiculturalism--Religious aspects--Episcopal Church; Discrimination--Religious aspects--Episcopal Church
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[texts]The crown and the veil : the use and meaning of the symbol virginity in three sermons by Hildegard of Bingen - Christianson, Regina
Hildegard of Bingen, famous in her lifetime as a prophet and composer of music, poetry, and books, left a collection of sermons which she had given to her nuns. The purpose of this paper is to locate these sermons within the culture in which they were performed, to examine how Hildegard uses symbols in the composing of these sermons, and speculate on how this knowledge might help preachers effectively and ethically evangelize...
Keywords: Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179
Downloads: 180
[texts]Good genes : emerging values for science, religion and society, a group study guide - Ames, David and Colib B. Gracey
Good genes: Emerging Values for Science, Religion and Society is a group study guide and resource book for ethical deliberation and discussion about issues raised by recent developments in molecular biology, genetics and technology as these effect humankind. Everyone who makes choices or decisions which affect our own lives and the lives of others, and this includes all of us, has experience in ethics and therefore should be invited to approach this curriculum as equals, as learners from each ot...
Keywords: Medical ethics
Downloads: 155
[texts]Towards 'companerismo' : a theology of relational embodiment - Wetherilt, Ann.
In a society and culture slowly awakening to the impact of rampant individualism and self-serving action, the quest for “community” has become a central focus of life for many people here in these United States. I particular, the concept has been picked up by the Christian churches as they reflect on the “communal” foundation of their faith, as they understand it. It is the contention of this paper that much of what is sought and understood as “community” falls short of the commitmen...
Keywords: Incarnation
Downloads: 48
[texts]A baptismal model for ministry in the Episcopal Church - Shumard, Jim.
Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist are the two primary sacraments of the Church and The Book of Common Prayer clearly puts them at the core of our liturgical life together and at the core of ministry. I hope in this thesis to, in the words of Fredrica Thompsett, “weave a tapestry of advice,” which clearly lifts up the symbols and values of baptism and the ministry of the baptized as expressed in the liturgies of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist...
Keywords: Lay ministry--Episcopal Church
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[texts]Our final voyage : the Titanic and the Ark as models for environmental survival - Spilecki, Susan
This master's thesis will offer two models to examine worldviews for human survival: the Titanic and the Ark. I conclude that the Ark represents the preferable worldview from an ecological perspective and argue that it is the basis for a more egalitarian view of laity in the church. I also suggest similar such studies as the basis for lay-led Christian formation activities centered on Creation care.
Keywords: Ecotheology; Human ecology--Religious aspects--Christianity; Animals--Religious aspects--Christianity; Environmental ethics
Downloads: 75
[texts]Viriditas, a reading in retreat : teaching holistic spirituality through symbols found in the writings of Hildegard of Bingen - Christianson, Regina.
The author proposes a, “Reading in Retreat,” a three day retreat based on one of Hildegard‟s most holistic symbols- viriditas, greenness, the effective presence and working of the Holy Spirit in creation and in our spiritual lives.8Viriditas belongs to a group of symbols (a symbol cluster) that evoke wholeness and salvation. The retreat explores the symbol itself, how Hildegard uses this symbol, and how it supports a healthy spirituality...
Keywords: Hildegard; Saint; 1098-1179; Spiritual life; Spiritual formation
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[texts]Jesus' paradigm of ministry : a holistic approach for Korean worship - Chah, Chwoong-Hoh
The major premise in my thesis is that Jesus’ universal paradigm of ministry liberates and re-creates Confuncianized Koreans. It is symbolized in the new worship model of observing all that Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:20. My assumption is that a worship form should be considered as culmination of ministry or symbolic of a ministerial system. – Abstract.
Keywords: Jesus Christ--Teachings
Downloads: 87
[texts]Striking scenes: theo-ethical dimensions of film - Culbertson, Meghan Sumner.
The primary purpose of this project is to draw on … different disciplines in order to analyze and critique two particular films [Thelma and Louise, Do the Right Thing] within the context of theology and ethics. -- Abstract
Keywords: Thelma & Louise (Motion picture)
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[texts]For all God's people : Diverse people of faith for ecumenical witness and public policy - Merritt, James Edward.
A thesis project in which I will bring together my personal journey to ministry into dialogue with issues of diversity and justice through ecumenical witness, social movements for justice, and engagement in public policy. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church
Downloads: 51
[texts]Latin American liberation theology in its economic and historical context : Latin America's self understanding from 1960 through today - Beyus, Linda
This study of economics and concrete realities expressed through Latin American liberation theology has confirmed my belief in and intrigue with the inseparability of economic analysis and a theology of liberation... The power of Latin American liberation theology lies partially in its ability to wholeheartedly address the socioeconomic realities of the everyday lives of the people who populate Latin America...
Keywords: Liberation theology
Downloads: 145
[texts]Ethics and ritual : gift giving and the formation of identity - Szczepaniak, Michel-Jean
Recently, I spent nearly five months on mission pilgrimage in Aotearoa/New Zealand … During my mission I had the honour of spending a good deal of time within Nga Tikanga Maori, the Maori branch of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. I listened carefully to both verbal and non-verbal communications regarding identity and theology; seeking the ways in which persons and communities interface their Christian faith with their personal and communal realities...
Keywords: Maori (New Zealand people)--Missions
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[texts]Situating reading, shaping divinity: Luce Irigaray, interpretation, theology - Russell, Richar
As an activist and political rhetorician, Luce Irigaray continually positions her work vis-à-vis communities of women who are struggling against the oppressive logic of phallocentrism and its conception of the divine, yet her audience has been and continues to be academic feminists whose disciplinary interests rarely lead them to construct liturgies and socially-enacted rhetorics designed to test the practical force of Luce Irigaray’s theological reflections...
Keywords: Irigaray, Luce
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[texts]A plan for individual engagement in advancing the Millenium Development Goals - Bronson, William E.
The thesis will address the question - what can we do to mitigate the tragedy of over 20,000 of our fellow human beings dying every day in the developing world due to hunger, disease, exposure, and neglect.--Abstract.
Keywords: UN Millennium Project
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[texts]Divine diversity: The Church's challenge or god's greatest imagination - Provis, Robyn A.
This thesis is a testament to my struggle to say something important that counts - to articulate a holy hunch ... The diversity found within humanity is both intentional and incarnational, and can provide an embodied means to genuine community, becuase it is the essence of and a gift from God. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Christianity and culture
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[texts]Pilgrimage and divinity : crossroads of place, time and space - Vincent, Charlene.
This thesis is born out of the belief that we, each and every one, have an innate ability to shed all that is earthly and “to be” in Sacred space i.e. to be one with the Divine. Whether this occurs ona mountaintop, a city street, a holy site, a church, a synagogue, mosque, or temple or at seminary; whether it involves rituals, sights and sounds belonging to a specific place; or whether it can be found in the absence of all of the above, are questions that I seek to answer through my research...
Keywords: Vincent, Charlene
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[texts]There were also women : the Gospel according to Anna - Alsop, Pauline D
... a brief glimpse of how the story of Jesus might have appeared to a woman disciple who, unlike any of the canonical evangelists, was an eyewitness to many of the events of his life, death and resurrection, as imagined by a late twentieth century feminist. -- Abstract
Keywords: Bible.N.T. Gospels--Feminist criticism
Downloads: 74
[texts]Returning to holy wells : reflections on refreshing God's people - West, Paul Francis
At its heart this thesis is an invitation. I invite the reader to share the journey stated in the thesis title: Returning to Holy Wells: Reflections on Refreshing God’s People.” That returning must never cease because our spiritual grounding unfolds as a continuous process and through the repetition of what we practice. It can be no other way for we do not ‘own’ the Holy. We grow thirsty on such a journey, and we need repeated refreshment for our deepest spiritual thirsts...
Keywords: Eucharistic prayers--Episcopal Church--Liturgy
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[texts]Eucharistic liturgy as emancipatory performance : The significance of Indian street theatre - Ackley, Susan
An attempt to look at Eucharistic liturgy through the lens of Indian street theater, with the hope that the latter will suggest specific ways to re-form the performance of Eucharistic liturgies so that they may more effectively mediate the sacramental promise of liberation/salvation. --Abstract.
Keywords: Street theater--India
Downloads: 53
[texts]Lesbians and horticulture, lesbians and art: how we can live pastorally, ethically, and creatively - Blanchett-Ramsey, Penny
My thesis is a view of how we can live pastorally, ethically, and creatively from transgendered lesbian bodies, principles and practices. -- Abstract
Keywords: Lesbianism in art
Downloads: 212
[texts]Toward fellow sinners: an ethical and historical exploration of the penology of Miriam Van Waters - Sakalas, Joan M.
The focus of the thesis is on the ethical foundations of Miriam Van Waters' penology, the process of locating those values entails a braid of several disciplines: biographical research, historical research, and Christian social ethics. -- Abstract
Keywords: Van Waters, Miriam
Downloads: 41
[texts]How then shall we live? An interreligious eco-justice model for the local community - Schell-Lambert, Anita Louise.
The aim of this thesis is to examine the global environmental crisis that has escalated in the last decade, and to explore what people of faith, specifically people adopting Buddhist and Christian ecofeminist views of the environment, can bring to the moral dilemma. --Abstract.
Keywords: Ecofeminism--Religious aspects--Christianity
Downloads: 65
[texts]Recovering hospitality : toward a partaking community - Wood, William James.
This thesis explored the practice of hospitality and how the church and its institutions can recover the age-old practice of hospitality in an era of market church survival. This essay is not so much a “how to do it” cookbook, although it tis grounded in experience and context, as it is ammunition in making the claim that church institutions and organizations can be transformed into living centers of mutual empowerment.-- Abstract.
Keywords: St. John's Episcopal Church (Wichita, Kan.)
Downloads: 39
[texts]Women in the Christian church: the Taiwanese case - Wu, Fu Ya
A presentation of the experiences of Taiwanese women in the Christian church as a small contribution to Taiwanese Christian women and to the global women's movement. - Abstract.
Keywords: Christianity--Taiwan
Downloads: 61
[texts]The bread of life : a theo-ethical analysis of world agriculture - Greenwood, Anna Margaret
The thesis of this paper is that the solution to the world’s hunger crisis is not, simply, to increase production, try and curb the world’s population growth, and deal with the periodic food shortages and famines by giving food, technology and trade assistance. After having done extensive research, I have concluded that hunger in the world today is caused by the means of production and by the unjust structures of distribution in the modern, capitalist, agricultural system...
Keywords: Hunger--Religious aspects--Christianity
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[texts]From contention to transformation : a liturgical, theological, and dialogical journey to holy and common ground - Bates-Makarias, Priscilla
To test the theory that the Book of Common Prayer can be a vehicle through which the Church can engage any difficult and contentious issue, my thesis will focus on the development of a dialogue through liturgy that could lead the Church to a theology of Christian Marriage that is inclusive of both heterosexual and homosexual persons. -- Abstract
Keywords: Marriage--Religious aspects--Episcopal Church
Downloads: 58
[texts]Clergy professional development : design and process for reflective practice and transformational learning - Moser, Frederick Perkins
The aim of this project is to put forth an approach to learning and teaching for professional development and continuing professional education among clergy in the Episcopal Church. Its interests are in the educational issues at stake in the design and process of professional development events for clergy, and its hope is to elucidate some of these issues.
Keywords: Episcopal Church -- Clergy
Downloads: 81
[texts]In my Father's house : an African American male spirituality - Thomell, Kwasi A.
In My Father’s House: An African American Male Ministry” is a work designed to fully empower a segment of God’s creation for the work of ministry in and out of the institutional church. It is my belief that there is a significant and underutilized community of potential believers who if empowered will be strong and faithful witnesses to God’s power and glory. It is my belief that working with African American men through retreats, prayer groups, fellowship and service opportunities, we c...
Keywords: African American men--Religious life
Downloads: 71
[texts]Trust is a queer thing - Wilson, Nancy.
Trust is the key to the success of the Metropolitan Community Chruches (MCC) as a denomination and a movement. There are so many things MCC needs in order to succeed, but I am convinced that trust and trustworthy leadership is not just a key, but THE key. Exploring the concept of trust from the viewpoint of experts in organizational development, business, and theology will be central to this project...
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church
Downloads: 78
[texts]Building sacred space for the new millennium - Smith, Amelia L. J.
This thesis reviews five specific examples on Unitarian Universalist architecture in the past decade. A guiding question for my study of these buildings has been whether or not these worship spaces and churches reflect the identity of the religious communities they shelter. To begin with, I will provide a brief and general overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of these buildings. A brief history of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist architecture provides an import...
Keywords: Unitarian Universalist church buildings--United States
Downloads: 51
[texts]Beyond tentmaking: a study in bivocational ministry - Doran, Frederick Henry.
The aim of this project/thesis is to explore and reflect upon the ramifications of the relationship between parish ministry and real estate, and to lift up a unique kind of ministry to scrutiny, it is also its aim to make certain recommendations to future ministers, to seminary professors, to denominational officials, and to those engaged in the real estate business. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Part-time employment
Downloads: 61
[texts]A Trinitarian-relational model for clergy of the Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States - Ananis, Rosemary.
"The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States (TOCCUSA) is a fledgling church in the Catholic tradition establishing its identity in the United States. As a nascent organization, it presently lacks the structure for educating its clergy. Currently, most of the clergy and membership were formed in the Roman Catholic Church and because TOCCUSA envisions a more inclusive, welcoming and contemporary Catholic Church, a new model of ministry better reflecting its ethos is desired...
Keywords: Old Catholic Church in America; Catholic traditionalist movement; Independent Catholic Churches; Clergy; Training of; Trinity; Pastoral theology
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[texts]Communual grief in relationship to HIV/AIDS - Schwaigert, Axel
I will develop a way to understand and communicate communal grief as a process the HIV/AIDS-affected community has to go through. I will offer this as a development of grief theory in a narrative form as a Village of Grief. I will then apply this grief theory to the situation of HIV/AIDS. In order to do so I will offer a theoretical definition of the HIV/AIDS-affected community. In a next step I will describe several exemplary expressions of communal HIV/AIDS-related grief in the past and come t...
Keywords: AIDS (Disease) -- Psychological aspects
Downloads: 82
[texts]Immigrant youth ministry : identity formation and second-generation Church of South India young people - Mathews, Koshy
This thesis focuses on the racial and religious identity development of second-generation Kerala Christian Americans belonging to the Church of South India (CSI) congregations in North America. The primary purpose of this study is to develop ways to carry out ethnic youth ministry that would be sensitive to the ethnic identity formation of second-generation young people. In the exploration of such a ministry, this study makes the assertion that ethnic identity development of these young people s...
Keywords: Church of South India--United States
Downloads: 99
[texts]Newman's theory of development and its historical context - Molleur, Michael B. Joseph.
This thesis will explore [John Henry] Newman’s notion of the development of doctrine, with attention to the historical context in which he wrote. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890. Theory of developments in religious doctrine
Downloads: 47
[texts]A pearl in the mud: ritual and anti-cosmic dualism in the Gospel of Philip - Bowley, Ryan
An attempt to explain how ritual acts can exist in the Gopel of Philip, a test that constitutes a component of a gnostic theological discourse in which created material being is evil. --Conclusion (p. 42).
Keywords: Philip, the Evangelist, Saint
Downloads: 114
[texts]Averting our gaze: Passing in the lives of white, working class lesbians - Wilson, Julie.
Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Theology. -- Abstract
Keywords: Passing (Identity)
Downloads: 177
[texts]Helping the land help people know God: Towards a theology and practice of sustainable agriculture - Was, Brent Gavin.
The purpose of writing the thesis that follows is to begin to lay a foundation for a Christian practice of sustainable agriculture. -- Abstract
Keywords: Sustainable development--Religious aspects--Christianity
Downloads: 67
[texts]Tuned to the source: an exploration of queer sexuality and spirituality in leather, life and scripture - Brown, Lea D.
My thesis will explore the healing power found in the union of sexuality and spirituality... sharing evidence of how it is transformational in the lives of queer people, and demonstrating whre evidence of it can be found in scripture. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church
Downloads: 60
[texts]Anti-oppression visual art in churches: Saint John's Memorial Chapel at Episcopal Divinity School as a case study - Scheyer, Joyce Mack
This study will help to prepare lay and ordained ministers in the Episcopal church to notice the exclusion of African-Americans from visual art in worship space. My observations about what I found and what was missing in visual art in various churches led me to write this thesis. This study is designed to meet the current need for Christian education and to prepare ministers to lead worship in liturgical space that is true to the evolving demographics of Episcopal parishes...
Keywords: Art and religion
Downloads: 63
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